15 April 2014, Abuja – The Nigeria Electricity Regulatory Commission, NERC, last week, adjourned indefinitely the case between Mayfair Gardens and the Eko Electricity Distribution Company, EKEDC, pending a thorough inspection of the entire Mayfair Gardens electrical infrastructure by the appeal panel before making a ruling on the matter.
NERC had on April 4, 2014, commenced hearing on appeal against the decision of the Eko Forum in the case brought by the Mayfair Gardens Property Owners and Residents Association of Lekki Peninsula against EKEDC.
NERC in a statement said, “This appeal was brought by the petitioner, Mayfair Gardens Property Owners and Residents Association of Lekki Peninsula, who cited Eko Forum’s inability to make a binding ruling on some of the issues they brought forward to them as the reason for their appeal.
According to the counsel for Mayfair Gardens, Mr. TijaniTemitayo, “Eko Forum has not exercised the powers given to it by NERC regulations.”
“EKEDC contended through their counsel,OladimejiAdemola that all the decisions made by the Eko Forum were binding. They requested that the NERC panel hearing the appeal uphold the decisions of the Eko Forum.
“Mayfair Gardens Property Owners and Residents Association’s main argument is premised on the fact that they solely financed the electricity infrastructure within the estate to serve the residents, prior to the Commission’s ruling against private individual distribution of electricity. Based on this ruling, they had to transfer ownership of the power plant to EKEDC.
“However, with the transfer of the power plant to EKEDC’s hands, Mayfair Gardens feels that they have not been served adequately by EKEDC even with the infrastructure which EKEDC had no hand in developing. This led to them initially dragging the utility company before the Eko Forum panel.
– Chris Ochayi, Vanguard